Serie A: Alvaro Morata returns to set Juventus on way to 3-0 win over Spezia

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Álvaro Morata made a scoring return to set Juventus on its way to a 3-0 win over Spezia on Tuesday and increase its faltering title protection.

Fellow substitute Federico Bernardeschi set up Morata moments after that they had each come off the bench. Bernardeschi then supplied one other help for Federico Chiesa, 9 minutes later.

Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the match late on together with his twentieth purpose of the season. He is the primary participant in Europe’s high 5 leagues to attain that determine for the twelfth successive season.

Morata had missed Juve’s disappointing 1-1 draw at Hellas Verona final weekend with sickness. The Juventus ahead had additionally not scored within the league since December, though he scored in each Italian Cup video games and the Italian Super Cup final month.

“I’m pleased with the goal, but the three points are more important,” Morata mentioned. “I’ve not been among the many objectives, however above all, I used to be a bit low on energy as a result of the final three weeks have been powerful, however we’re a little bit brief on numbers and we have now to dig in.

“It’s not been an easy season, but there are still plenty of points to play for and we’ll fight until the end.”

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny saved a stoppage-time penalty from Andrey Galabinov after Emmanuel Gyasi had been tripped by Merih Demiral.

Juventus moved up to third, seven factors beneath league chief Inter Milan and three beneath AC Milan. Spezia remained seven factors above the relegation zone.

The Biaconeri had been nonetheless with out Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Juan Cuadrado, Arthur and Paulo Dybala, who had been all injured, however Morata recovered sufficient from illness for a spot on the bench.

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, proper, scores a purpose in the course of the Serie A match between Juventus and Spezia, on the Turin Allianz Stadium, Italy, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse through AP)

Spezia regarded the extra harmful aspect within the first half, though Ronaldo hit the publish three minutes from halftime.

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo made a double change within the 61st minute, bringing on Morata and Bernardeschi for Weston McKennie and Gianluca Frabotta.

That had a right away impact as Bernardeschi ran onto a ball over the highest and rolled throughout from the left for Morata to faucet in on the close to publish, together with his first contact of the match. The purpose was initially dominated out for offside on Bernardeschi however awarded on video assessment.

Juventus doubled its lead following one other Bernardeschi cross from the left. Chiesa’s preliminary shot was brilliantly parried by Spezia goalkeeper Ivan Provedel from shut vary, however the Juventus ahead fired residence the rebound.

Spezia was nonetheless searching for a way again into the match however Ronaldo dashed the customer’s faint hopes when he drilled in a by ball from Rodrigo Bentancur, a minute from time.

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